Lots of babies have a lovey or something with their mother's scent so they can be close to her while she's away. In that same vein, traveling parents often pack a picture, blanket or stuffed animal that belongs to their little one. When you leave your youngsters to head out on an adult vacation or business trip, do you include a kiddie keepsake in your luggage?
You don't see many kindergartners wearing diapers or popping a bottle in their lunch bag. Some milestones like rolling, talking, and walking just sort of happen and others like giving up a lovey, forgoing a pacifier, and moving from crib to bed are more learned. Some parents help their offspring progress by limiting the time their tot is wheeled around in a stroller or eats in a high chair. We're curious what you think. Chime in with your opinion on everything from bottle feeding to snuggling with stuffed animals!
Some kids get attached to an item and others don't. There's a lot of talk about lovies — blankets or stuffed animals — to which children have a particular fondness. Like Linus in the Peanuts comic strip, lil ones carry them around or use them to fall asleep. Many parents debate which (if any) age is appropriate to lose the item, and then mom and dad spend a good deal of time trying to coax their child on to something else. But who is responsible for initiating the bond to the inanimate object — is it the parent that continually gives their tot the same item, or does the youngster really prefer one to all others?
Tiny tots love to snuggle up with blankets and drag them wherever they go. While blankies often provide wee ones a sense of security, they can also help youngsters muscle through teething and sleeping issues. Aware of the dangers blankets pose, there are some smaller and lighter options that can keep children happy and safe.